Moderate Walking Boosts Memory
Going for walks can make all the difference.
Research shows that walking for 40 minutes a few
times a week helps preserve memory and keeps ageing
brains in top form.
Moderate exercise increased the size of the
hippocampus- an area of the brain that creates
memories-in 120 volunteers.
The year-long trial, published in Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences, showed performance on
memory tests also improved.
Exercise may buffer against dementia as well as
age-related memory loss. This latest work looked at
healthy people in their 6os rather than people with
Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.
Dr Simon Ridley of the Alzheimer's Research Trust
said that although the study does not look at memory
loss in Alzheimer's or dementia, it suggests "it's
never too late to start exercising to help keep our
"Even modest exercise may improve memory and help
protect the brain from normal decline caused by
"Increasing evidence suggests regular exercise and a
healthy diet may help reduce our risk of developing
dementia as well as reaping numerous other benefits
from living a healthy lifestyle.